Published on February 29th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


KTM Launches The 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_2

This is the all new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT. It uses the same LC8 engine platform as the Super Duke R and Super Adventure, with their familiar 1301 V-Twin.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_9

KTM’s motto is ‘Ready to Race’ and this new 1290 Super Duke GT is designed to extend that racing sensation for longer, giving you the feeling of a sports bike but for a lengthier amount of time, in total comfort.

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The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT sets new performance standards: 173hp and a weight of only 228kg (ready to ride – fully fueled) produce a power-to-weight ratio previously unheard of in this class. The dynamics are stunning. At the same time, the powerful and cultivated engine enables either particularly relaxed riding or, if required, super-sporty propulsion – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis combines lightness with outstanding geometry and suspension, which, together with every electronic riding features we could muster, allow undreamed riding pleasure in all conditions. At whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_3

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT supplies its rider with all necessary and desirable information on a state-of-the-art, clearly arranged instrument cluster from automotive manufacturer VDO. Core data is displayed on a central gauge that consists of an analogue rev counter with integrated, adjustable gearshift light and an LCD display. This display is dominated by a digital speedometer and supplemented with a digital clock, a gear indicator, bar-graphs for coolant temperature and fuel level plus the display for the selected riding mode. A second LCD display is positioned to the left of the central instrument, which serves the purpose of conveying important additional information and displaying numerous menu pages as a screen for the on-board computer. Everything is tidy, clean, clear, intuitive and simple to operate – even on the go.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_4

The on-board computer’s menu pages are selected and operated using the four control keys of the mode switch on the left handlebar grip. It’s very simple and intuitive: “up” and “down” scroll through the menu, the left button selects the desired item, the right confirms it. The Exit key on the left of the mode switch can be pressed at any time to return to the previous menu level. Child’s play, basically.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_6

Improved ergonomics such as lower foot pegs and a bigger fuel tank are there to make the rider and passenger feel comfortable. And that’s no easy feat. Think about the things to consider: stack and reach, leg arch length, seat height, seat foam, knee angle and knee contact, handlebar width, position and offset, tall riders, short riders, heavy ones and featherweights… But we made it, by tailoring the bike to your needs. You can adjust the handlebar over 22 mm and four positions, choose three positions for the brake and shift lever and adjust the hand levers infinitely.

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KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Tech Spec

Engine: liquid cooled 1301cc (108/71mm) V-Twin, six gears chain drive
Power: 173bhp (claimed)
Torque: 106ftlb (claimed)
Wheels: F 120/70X17 R 190/55×17
Brakes: 2 x 320mm discs with four piston Brembo radial caliper. Rear single 240mm disc with two piston Brembo caliper Corning ABS standard.
Suspension: WP 48mm semi-active front forks. WP semi-active single rear shock
Weight: 205kg (dry)

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT_8

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